What Are Harmful Foods For Dogs?

Most dogs will eat just about anything they can get. This includes food from your table. However most pet owners aren’t sure what are harmful foods for dogs to consume. For example, certain fruits and nuts are not safe for canines.

Even small amounts of some foods can be big trouble for your dog. In this article we’ll take a look at some foods that your dog shouldn’t eat.

Pitted Fruits:

It might surprise you to learn that pitted fruits are one of the harmful foods for dogs. This includes peaches, plums, and persimmons. The seeds from these fruits contain substances that can irritate your doggy’s tummy. Also there is a enough cyanide present to cause poisoning and intestinal issues.

Additionally, avocado’s and grapes shouldn’t be given to dogs. Avocados contain a substance called persin that is toxic for canines. Grapes and raisins can cause your dog’s kidney’s to fail. Even in small amounts.

Coffee and Caffeine:

Caffeine is quite harmful for dogs. This includes coffee, chocolate, and tea. Caffeine can even be fatal in large enough amounts. Caffeine poisoning can cause heart palpitations, tremors, and breathing issues for canines. So don’t give your dog products containing caffeine under any circumstances.

Sharpei dog with chocolate cake

Sharpei dog with chocolate cake

Alcoholic Beverages:

Alcohol is very harmful for dogs. It has detrimental effects on canine’s liver and brains even in the tiniest amounts. It’s best to keep alcohol in place where your pet cannot easily get to it. Dogs may be attracted to the sweet taste or aroma of some liquors.

Milk & Dairy Products:

Dogs are lactose intolerant. This means that milk and milk-products can upset your doggy’s delicate tummy. So it’s best to avoid sharing ice-cream, milk, and cheese with your dog.

Macadamia Nuts:

Under no circumstances should your dog eve be given Macadamia nuts. Even in small amounts macadamia nuts are extremely harmful for dogs. Macadamia nuts can cause poisoning and even paralysis.  So avoid giving any and all products that contain macadamia nuts to your dog.

Garlic & Onions:

In general it’s not a good idea for dogs to ingest onions. This is because onions can cause anemia in dogs. Onions can cause vomiting, fever, and other unpleasant symptoms for dogs. Garlic should be avoided as well for the exact same reasons.

Candy & Sweets:

Chocolate and candy is very harmful for dogs, even in very small amounts. So don’t give them any of these products to eat. This includes gum, toothpaste, and baked goods. Most of these items contain sweeteners that can increase the insulin your dog’s blood stream.

This can cause your dogs blood sugar to vacillate and can result in liver failure. Other symptoms can include vomiting, dehydration, heart trouble, seizures, and even death.

First Aid Tips:

So what do you do if your dog eats one of these harmful foods? If you are a dog owner it’s a good idea to keep a product like Nutri-Lyze on hand. These types of products contain special enzyme that will absorb toxins from your dog’s stomach.

If you don’t have a pet first-aid kit on hand, consult with your vet. He or she can help you put together a collection of basic emergency pet medicines.


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